People need images for a whole plethora of reasons, the world is more visual than ever and we spend so much of our life looking at screens that images are vitally important to the way we live. If you’re a content producer or someone who runs a website or a business which needs images, or you just want images to practice your editing skills or create your own graphics, finding images can quickly become costly. Stock photography is an industry where the costs can become astronomical, and a lot of companies that offer stock photos are aimed at huge print organizations rather than mom and pop businesses or bloggers.
If you search google for images, there is a section within the ‘tools’ area that lets you search for royalty free images and the different types of licences such as creative commons, and whether you can use them commercially or not. This is great as a resource for finding images from a variety of sources, but also can become a bit difficult as there is no real quality control and some of the images made available for free don’t tend to be the best quality.
Somewhere that this isn’t an issue is Walkersnaps, where a lifetimes work is available for use with free to edit images available for a simple $1 donation to an amazing cause. Sadly, the founder of the site was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition and the idea behind the site is to raise money to help with this, along with fulfilling the dream to create and share images. The fee is very reasonable and the fact is that there is a huge amount of images with a lot of different categories to choose from means that you get a huge amount for your money. The website states “You can use my products to create your own personal memories or to create ad copy for commercial use or to create artwork for sale or for whatever purpose you want.” so you don’t need to worry even if you are planning to create images for resale. A lot of creative commons licences are a bit of a tough thing to navigate here when you are not allowed to edit the images or you’re not allowed to create anything made for profit. Using a site like Walkersnaps means you can avoid the need for this.
Another site of a similar ilk is Pixabay, which is another image where a lot of images are available. It is worth going to sites like this and Walkersnaps as not all of their images can be found on google images and you can find some true gems, knowing that the licences are laid out clearly so you know what you can do with the photos without facing any difficulties or putting yourself on dodgy ground.
Walkersnaps is an amazing cause and one we’re happy to spread the word about, it is well worth the tiny sign up free whether you end up using the images regularly or even just once in a while!